Kiss of the Virgin Queen

Sharon Buchbinder

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Synopsis: Homeland Security Special Agent Eliana Solomon is on a mission to prevent terrorist attacks. Hard enough to do when the threats are human, almost impossible when it's an evil, shape shifting jinni. Eliana needs help so she calls the sexy and beguiling psychiatrist, Arta Shahani. However, no matter how good he is at his job, the man is on her blacklist. On their last case together, the guy left her for dead. Arta is stunned when he receives Eliana’s call. Forced to abandon the woman he loves, he now fears she won’t accept his shape-shifting skills as a Persian Lion. Eliana, in the meantime discovers she is a direct descendant of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba with special powers of her own. But will her skill and Arta's be enough to defeat the jinni, or will they lose the love history decreed for them as well as their lives in this battle of good versus evil?

From the Author: Kiss of the Virgin Queen, Book Two in the Kiss of the Jinni Hunter Series and the sequel to The Kiss of the Silver Wolf, follows up on the origin of jinnis, or genies, who, like humans, can choose to be good or evil. While the second in the series, Kiss of the Virgin Queen can also be read as a standalone. I interwove jinni lore with the mesmerizing story of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, two heroic Biblical figures who, many say, had supernatural powers. I wondered about the impact of this epic romance on our lives today, who the descendants of this royal romance might be, where they lived, and what they might be doing now. The importance of centuries' old hurts to contemporary events of today is evident in the daily news. Likewise, the Biblical storyline is important to the resolution of the contemporary portion of this book.

As the only foreign Queen mentioned in the Bible who appears to be considered an equal to King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, or Saba, or Queen of the South, has been claimed by no less than three countries: Arabia and Yemen, where she is call Bilqis, Balqis or Balkis, and Ethiopia, where she is known as Makeda. Her role in these stories has been interpreted by many scholars in multiple ways. For me, the romance between two great and powerful heads of state was irresistible. Many scholars offer strong support of a real love story. One of the strongest pieces of evidence is the use of the Hebrew word in the phrase "she came to him." There are many different words the scribe could have used, however, the one selected has a sexual meaning, used only in the Hebrew Bible in sexual situations.

The romantic description of the meeting and their interactions include such phrases as "she communed with him of all that was in her heart," "there was no more spirit in her," and "king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty" makes the reader wonder what he gave her, since she was wealthy, too. In fact, the largesse of her gifts of state is over the top, even for a visiting dignitary. Was it, in fact, a wedding dowry? Was there a child? If so, why did she leave and return to her own country with her servants? What happened? Was this a love lost? And what about their descendants?

Homeland Security Special Agent and applied physics experts, Eliana Solomon, first appeared in Kiss of the Silver Wolf as a Fox Mulder X-Files type of woman. As the lead Homeland Security Agent on Project Aladdin, her mission is to find jinnis, locate the portals where they came through from a parallel dimension, and shut them down. Through her dogged determination, Eliana proves the existence of jinnis to her skeptical boss, and becomes the first Jinni Hunter in the Anomaly Defense Division of the Science and Technology Directorate.

The past predicts our future and our family history and culture are intrinsic parts of our identity. Many families have oral histories and legends of connections to royalty. In Kiss of the Virgin Queen, I follow one family's oral history and romances through biblical and contemporary times. I hope you join me on this paranormal adventure and enjoy the story.

Sharon Buchbinder, October 17, 2015

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